2017 Fiat 500X

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in Subcompact SUVs
2017 MODEL
$19,995 - $27,050 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Small crossovers have a unique appeal about themselves altogether and the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV has a striking personality that is just hard to look over.With a base price of just $19,995, the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV is an improved and grownup version of its sibling the Fiat 500 by offering all-weather reliability and enhanced spaciousness, without compromising its classic Italian styling.

Catering to different driving conditions, the three settings of the drive-mode system just adds to versatility and fun driving experience. With an abundance of Hi-fi techs and safety features, the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV is worth checking out.

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Pros

User-friendly tech controls on a well made and distinctive cabin

Very reasonable price for a crossover

Offers lot of safety features

Exterior styling complemented by good handling and ride quality

Cons

Compromised cargo space for an SUV

Automatic transmission fails to impress

Fuel economy is not up to mark

Infotainment screens could have been bigger

What's New?

Trims reduced from five to just three - Pop, Trekking and Lounge

The optional packages have been revamped and renamed


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu. in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12 in. ventilated front disc/11 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

167.2 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

63.1 in.

curb weight

2967 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

9200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

419.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Fiat 500X in Arancio color  2017 Fiat 500X in Bianco Gelato White color  2017 Fiat 500X in Blu Venezia color  2017 Fiat 500X in Blue Sky Metallic color  2017 Fiat 500X in Bronzo Magnetico color  2017 Fiat 500X in Giallo Tristrato color  2017 Fiat 500X in Grigio Argento color  2017 Fiat 500X in Nero Cinema Jet Black color
Arancio

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Ratings

Safety

6.7

Exterior

8.2

Engine

7.0

Interior

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.7

Features

7.2

Driving

7.6

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Fiat 500X Pop

Pop

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$19,995 - $23,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pop 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $19,995 MSRP (25/28/33) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
Pop 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $23,890 MSRP (21/24/29) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Fiat 500X Trekking

Trekking

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$23,350 - $25,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Trekking 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $23,350 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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9-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $25,250 MSRP (21/24/29) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Fiat 500X Lounge

Lounge

power
180 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$25,150 - $27,050


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lounge 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $25,150 MSRP (22/25/30) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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9-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Lounge 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $27,050 MSRP (21/24/29) 180 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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2018 Fiat 500X
7.2/10

Engine: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I4

MPG: 28 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.3

Overall Rating


6.7/10
Safety

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.2/10
Features

 
 
 

Under the hood of the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV, you will find either a 1.4-liter 4cylinder engine or a 2.4-liter 4cylinder engine depending on the trim level you choose. It also determines which transmission you would prefer more - a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic. Front wheel drive remains standard, with an optional all-wheel-drive system.

2017 Fiat 500X Safety

6.7/10

Safety Features

Stability control, rearview camera and hill start assist are some of the standard safety features in the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV. Opting for the Advanced Safety Package adds lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems, rear cross traffic detection, blind spot monitors and automatic emergency braking.

  • Airbags - Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger includes dual-stage front airbags,1 safety belt pre-tensioners, safety belt energy-management retractors, safety belt usage sensors, driver's seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, restraint control module and Front-Passenger Sensing System
  • Airbag - Driver's knee1
  • Airbags - Front-seat side1
  • Airbags - Side-curtain1
  • AdvanceTrac electronic stability control
  • Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
  • Child-safety rear door locks Perimeter alarm
  • Remote Keyless Entry System with integrated key head transmitter remotes (2)
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare) 

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Moderate overlap front Good
Small overlap front Driver-side Good
Passenger-side N/A
Side Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Crash Avoidance

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Advanced
Headlights Poor
LATCH Marginal

 

2017 Fiat 500X Exterior

8.2/10

"Fiat wisely chose the sporty and cute 500 as inspiration for its most mainstream vehicle, and the new 500X may very well be the best-looking Fiat you can buy in the U.S. outside of the new Fiat 124 convertible".- KBB 

Dimensions and Weight

Belonging to the line of small SUVs and crossovers, the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV offers a spunky exterior look with its ruggedness and classic cues.

Model Fiat Pop Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
Curb weight (lbs.) 2967 2809 3237 2805
Length(in) 167.2 168.3 168.41 167.6
Width(in) 70.7 69.6 69.85 69.9
Height(in) 63.1 60.7 65.26 64.8
Ground clearance (in) 7.007 6.1 6.22 6.2
Wheelbase (in) 101.2 101.2 100.60 100.6
Track width (in) F/R 60.9/61.0 60.0/59.9 60.62/60.62 60.6/60.6

The 2017 Fiat 500X SUV is a mix-match of dimensions when compared to its rivals, as it is the shortest in length, has the most width and the highest ground clearance. It also shares the largest wheelbase with the Mazda, which is the least wide, shortest and has the lowest ground clearance. The Buick is the heaviest among the four other than being the longest and tallest. It shares the smallest wheelbase as the Chevrolet, which is the lightest of all.

Exterior Features

  • Privacy glass
  • Rear defogger, rear spoiler, and rear window wiper
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Cornering lights and daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Front fog lights and driving lights
  • Ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes
  • Turn signal mirrors 

 

2017 Fiat 500X Engine

7.0/10

"Though the stick shifted 500X is a hoot, the mainstream automatic model does little to stand out". -The Car Connection

You get two power choices with the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV - a turbo power engine with manual transmission and a naturally aspirated engine with automatic transmission. Dynamic Drive System tags along the latter combination that includes three different modes - Auto, Sport, and Traction+. The 2.4-liter 4cylinder engine produces 180 horsepower and 175-pound-feet of torque teaming up with Chrysler's 9speed automatic transmission. However, the Sport mode suffers through slow gearshifts and takes forever to accelerate. The 6speed manual transmission is available with the 1.4-liter 4cylinder engine and it manages to produce 160 horsepower and 184-pound-feet of torque.

The all-wheel-drive system contributes towards improving the fuel economy by completely disconnecting the rear wheels and driveshaft via its axle-disconnection system and the on-fly-fly system engages itself on detecting low traction.

Models Fiat Pop Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
MSRP $19,995 $19,960 $22,990 $21,000
Engine 2.4L 4cyl 2.0L 4cyl 1.4L 4cyl 1.4L 4cyl
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 160 hp 146 hp 138 hp 138 hp
Torque 184 lb-ft 146 lb-ft 148 lb-ft 148 lb-ft

In comparison to its rivals, the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV has the highest engine output making it strongest with 160 horsepower and 184-pound-feet of torque. It is followed by the least pricy Mazda CX-3 with a lower output of 146 horsepower and 146-pound-feet of torque. The Buick Encore and the Chevrolet Trax, being the top two costliest in the group, don't impress with its power generation as they both share the low output of 138 horsepower and 148-pound-feet of torque.

Acceleration

Something that won't highly impress you about the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV is its acceleration. The manual transmission feels the lack of power while the automatic transmission demonstrates clunky gearshifts at low speed, which hampers its acceleration up to a great extent.

Models Fiat Pop Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
0-60 MPH 8.5 sec 8.5 sec 7.8 sec 9.3 sec
Quarter mile 16.3 sec 15.8 sec 16.2 sec 17.2 sec
Engine 2.4L 2.0L 1.4L 3.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 6.3 5.7 6.3 9.3

The Buick Encore proves to be the fastest right off the line by accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds. The 2017 Fiat 500X SUV and the Mazda share a similar timing of 8.5 seconds while the Chevrolet is the slowest by quite a margin and hit the 60 mph mark in 9.3 seconds.

Over the quarter mile, things stir up a bit as the Mazda exceeds the other and covers the distance in 15.8 seconds leaving behind the initially fastest Buick Encore, which does it in 16.2 seconds. The 2017 Fiat 500X SUV follows with a difference of just a millisecond while the Chevrolet continues to be the slowest among the four and manages to cover the quarter-mile distance in 17.2 seconds.

Adding to the miseries of the Chevrolet, it ends up being the car with the highest emissions while the Mazda boasts the least emission ratings.

Handling and Ride

The firmly tuned suspension and the substantial body structure of the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV help it to absorb road bumps and ruts more effectively. Even though the electric power steering system lacks the necessary feedback, it is very responsive and accurate. The strut-type suspension further enhances its effectiveness during corners.

Braking

The best input-feature in terms of performance in the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV is undoubted, it's braking. The brake feedback is commendable to stop this 3000 pounder SUV.

Model Fiat Pop Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
Brake Front (in.) 12.0 11.0 11.8 11.8
Brake Rear (in.) 11.0 11.1 10.6 11.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2967 2809 3237 2805
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 117 119 119

However, in comparison with its rivals, the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV has the less effective stopping power as it brings the car at halt from 60 mph by covering 123 feet. The Mazda impresses once again by becoming the fastest to stop the vehicle in just 117 feet. The Buick and the Chevrolet share similar stats once again by stopping the vehicle in 119 feet coming down from 60 mph.

2017 Fiat 500X Interior

7.0/10

"The overall look is attractive, and the materials are higher in quality than those found in not only other Fiat cabins but several larger, pricier SUVs as well".-Edmunds

Seating and comfort

The 2017 Fiat 500X SUV is comparatively smaller than conventional SUVs and that is one reason that makes the rear seats congested, especially the compromised headroom due to the optional sunroof. Front seat occupants will have more than enough space to relax their muscles and stretch out their legs. They offer an ample amount of adjustments so it doesn't matter how tall or short the driver is.

Model Fiat Pop Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.1/54.3/41.4 38.4/53.5/41.7 39.58/54.18/40.82 39.6/54.1/40.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.8/52.8/34.8 37.2/50.4/35.0 38.78/52.55/35.75 38.8/52.8/35.7

All the four vehicles have the similar passenger capacity of five.

In case of front row seats, the Chevrolet has the most headroom while it's the largest legroom for the Mazda. Vice versa, the Chevrolet has the least legroom and the Mazda suffers from the lack of headroom.

Coming to the rear seats, the Chevrolet houses the most generous headroom while it's the Buick with the largest legroom. The Mazda continues to suffer from the lack of enough headroom while it's the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV with the least legroom.

Interior Features

  • 6 way manually adjustable driver and passenger seat with height adjustments
  • Split folding rear seatbacks
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • External temperature display
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with audio and cruise controls
  • Turn signal in mirrors
  • Keyless ignition and hands-free entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment

The Uconnect infotainment system of the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and has many user-friendly features like navigation, remote locking, text-to-speech, radio through smartphones and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.

  • 6 total speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM stereo 

There are roughly 14.1 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats of the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV. When the seats are the folded, it increases to 39.8 cubic feet of trunk space.

Model Fiat Pop Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3) 14.1 12.4 18.80 18.7
Cargo Volume rear 2nd row folded (ft.3) 39.8 44.5 48.40 48.4

The Buick and the Chevrolet house the most spacious trunk space while the Mazda least accommodating with the rear seats up. When the seats are folded though, the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV becomes the least accommodating with the Buick and Chevrolet continuing to lead the charts.

2017 Fiat 500X Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The fuel economy of the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV may not be the best in its class, but for an SUV it's quite impressive. The 1.4-liter engine is more fuel efficient with economy ratings of 25 mpg in cities, 33 mpg on highways and 28 mpg combined. The 2.4-liter engine undergoes a slight dip due to its increased performance and is rated at 22 mpg in cities, 31 mpg on highways and 27 mpg combined.

Model Fiat Pop Mazda CX-3 SUV Buick Encore Chevrolet Trax SUV
MPG (city) 25 29 25 25
MPG (highway) 33 34 33 33
MPG (combined) 28 31 28 28

Leading the charts once again is the Mazda with its most efficient fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg in cities, 34 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined. The 2017 Fiat 500X SUV, along with the Buick and Chevrolet share equal ratings of 25 mpg in cities, 33 mpg on highways and a combined economy of 28 mpg.

2017 Fiat 500X Features

7.2/10

The 1.4-liter 4cylinder engine and manual transmission is standard in the Pop trim of the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV and so is the front wheel drive. As for the 2.4 liters, 4cylinder engine is standard on the Trekking and Lounge trims and optional for the Pop trim. The Trekking and Lounge trims get a 9speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive as a standard, while you can opt for an all wheel drive system as well.

Trim Lounge Trekking Pop
MSRP (FWD) $ 25,150 $23,350 $19,995
MSRP (AWD) $ 27,050 $25,250 $23,890
Key Features 16-inch steel wheels All of the above features (minus the rearview camera and parking sensors) The Lounge includes all of the above options
Full Power Accessories 17-inch alloy wheels An auto-dimming rearview mirror
Heated mirrors Foglights An eight-speaker audio system
Remote locking and unlocking Rear privacy glass A rear cargo cover
Cruise Control An upgraded information display  
A driver information display Adjustable drive modes  
Four-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port Upgraded cloth upholstery

 

  A removable, height-adjustable cargo floor panel.  

We recommend

The mid-priced Trekking trim of the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV strikes as well balanced to us. Apart from having a better engine, it also houses loads of features such as an upgraded information display and improved cloth upholstery, height adjustable cargo floor panel, rear privacy glass and much more.

2017 Fiat 500X Competition

2017 Fiat 500X SUV vs Mazda CX-3 SUV

Edgy styling and accurate handling are some of the attributes that give the Mazda CX-3 SUV its highly able avatar. The 2-liter 4cylinder engine and 6speed automatic transmission represent its power source. The groundbreaking weight reduction measures employed by Mazda along with its sport-tuned suspension are what make it a pleasure to drive. The cabin highlights some of the modern driving aids, and the use of high quality materials amplifies its appealing design. In comparison with the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV, it has a much lower engine output but has an equal acceleration. What makes it better than the Fiat is its braking power and fuel economy.

2017 Fiat 500X SUV vs Buick Encore

Breaking all the stereotypes, the small yet powerful Buick Encore proves that even a small crossover can have the traits of a Big SUV. The stylish cabin and the quiet interiors are a perfect combination for a comfortable ride experience. The agile handling covers up for the lack of feedback in the steering. The 1.4-liter turbo 4 engine is inclined towards a more efficiency rather than performance. When compared with the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV, we find that the Buick lacks tremendously in engine output but manages to pull off a better acceleration performance. It is as fuel efficient as the Fiat and has improved braking abilities.

2017 Fiat 500X SUV vs Chevrolet Trax SUV

Even though it's not as adventurous as the name suggests the Chevrolet Trax is definitely an exciting and fun to drive crossover. The spacious cabin and smooth ride quality aren't hindered upon by the 1.4 liters inline four engines. The suspension is tuned for comfortable terrains rather than sporty settings. An Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatible infotainment system feature a 7-inch touchscreen display. Up against the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV, the Trax has a less powerful engine and poor acceleration. The brakes are better and the fuel economy is similar.

 

2017 Fiat 500X Final Verdict

Performance, comfort, efficient, practical and versatile - the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV has all these attributes in a balanced decorum. If somehow Fiat manages to solve the problem with the automatic transmission and increase the trunk space, it will be tough to beat the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV.

In the end, our verdict about the 2017 Fiat 500X SUV is that in that price range, you will not get a better crossover. So get your hands on it if you are looking to bring home a small SUV!